Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.
From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.
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"MiodownikÕs charming and personal introduction to materials science is a great place to learn about a scientific discipline that is gaining importance in our changing world. Michael PageÕs clear English accent meshes perfectly with the London authorÕs anecdotes of home and abroad. Miodownik describes the structural qualities of steel, concrete, chocolate, porcelain, and graphite, among others, teaching listeners a new way of thinking. PageÕs presentation is always easy to follow, and heÕs not intimidated by the occasional foray into technical topics like chemistry or quantum mechanics. Some listeners may be skeptical about another audiobook about ordinary things, but Miodownik and Page will swiftly win them over. F.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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